May 25, 2003
The Reading of the Names –
The Sacramento Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America
In a moving ceremony on May
25th, 2003, Patricia Behan Armstrong and
Norma Nicol Hamilton represented AWON at the fourth annual Reading
of the Names at the California Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, Capitol Park,
Sacramento. Each page contains about 50 names. The veterans' full name
and rank is read, followed by the branch of service and home town in California.
At the end of each page the words "Welcome Home" are spoken and the page
is turned. There are 5,288 names and the reading starts at 7:00 A.M.
This year the ceremony concluded by flashlight at 9:45 P.M.
Norma Nicol Hamilton representing AWON at the Reading of the Names.
Patricia Behan Armstrong representing AWON at the Reading of the Names.
Patricia Behan Armstrong and Norma Nicol Hamilton at the
California Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, May 25th, 2003, Sacramento.
The photos were provided by
Norma Nicole Hamilton;
and were scanned and staged by Judy Hoffman.